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Ash Wednesday (1973)

Barbara gets secret plastic surgery in Switzerland in an attempt to save her marriage to Mark, but he doesn't seem interested in meeting her. She checks in to a ski resort to wait for Mark,... See full summary »

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Mark Sawyer
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Erich
Keith Baxter ...
David
Maurice Teynac ...
Doctor Lambert
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Kate Sawyer
Monique van Vooren ...
German Woman
Henning Schlüter ...
Bridge Player
Dino Mele ...
Mario
Kathy Van Lypps ...
Mandy
Dina Sassoli ...
Nurse Ilse
Carlo Puri ...
Paolo
Andrea Esterhazy ...
Comte d'Arnoud
Jill Pratt ...
Simone
Irina Wassilchikoff ...
Silvano del Campo
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Barbara gets secret plastic surgery in Switzerland in an attempt to save her marriage to Mark, but he doesn't seem interested in meeting her. She checks in to a ski resort to wait for Mark, and begins getting attention from young men. Her daughter tries to warn her that even though she has had the surgery it might be too late for her marriage, but she clings to the hope that Mark will come back once he sees her new look. Meanwhile, she must decide whether or not have an affair with a young man she's met. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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How far would you go to save your face? Barbara Sawyer went all the way! See more »

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1 November 1973 (USA)  »

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Contains footage from actual facelift operations, which repulsed many viewers when it was originally released. See more »


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The Nearness of You
Written by Ned Washington (as Washington) and Hoagy Carmichael (as Carmichael)
Performed by Jerry Wright
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Enjoyed this more than Richard Burton obviously!
29 March 2011 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

I actually enjoyed this film quite a bit. It wasn't quite "Virginia Woolf" or some of her other films. But I think it showed some great depth and the desperation in a women, who thinks she is losing her husband, especially set in the 70's. Henry Fonda, as great an actor as he was, would not have been my choice as the male lead. However, his role is secondary for all intents and purposes. The film is also obviously about a wealthy woman. First, it's set in Switzerland and she's an American. One who can afford plastic surgery, which in her character's mind,is the way to possibly gain her husband's attention. Not a radical idea today, but plastic surgery was less talked about in this time period. I came across this film accidentally on television awhile back and have had trouble finding it since. It's definitely worth watching if you are an Elizabeth Taylor fan.


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